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Julie Planiden
 
May 29, 2014 | Julie Planiden

Cheese in British Columbia - Village Cheese

The Village Cheese Company is a micro cheese plant based on the estate winery concept in Armstrong, BC. Their old fashion good times atmosphere will return you to a time when life was relaxed and fun. A time when delicious cheese was as close as your local dairy. When butter on your table was churned from field fresh cream just hours earlier. When a dip in the old swimming hole couldn't beat a scoop of luscious homemade ice cream.

Wine and Cheese Pairings:

Pinot Gris - A mild cheddar is a good partner for this crisp, lively wine.  Enjoy a fresh salad, and your mom's home made grilled cheese on hearty baked bread for lunch. It doesn't get any better.

NV Brut - The expression is bubbles go with everything. In this case a nice sharp parmesan crumbled on a cheese board with some crostini's just out of the oven.

The Village Cheese Company
3475 Smith Drive
Armstrong BC, VOE 1B1
Phone: 250-546-8651
Fax: 250-546-8659
vcheese@villagecheese.com

HOURS OF OPERATION:
Mon to Fri 8:00am to 5:00pm
Saturday 8:30am to 5:00pm
Sunday 9:00 am to 4:30pm

Time Posted: May 29, 2014 at 10:00 AM
Julie Planiden
 
May 26, 2014 | Julie Planiden

Blue Mountain Vineyard and Cellars Reserve Wines

In 2013, Blue Mountain re-packaged their Estate wines.  Wanting to focus more on being 100% Estate grown the new labels reflect the importance of place celebrating the extraordinary view from Blue Mountain facing south down the Okanagan Valley towards McIntyre Bluff.  These wines were formerly called cream label and are now called Estate wines.  In 2014, the first of the Reserve wine re-packaging will be introduced.  These are the former Stripe Label wines.

The Reserve wines are made from the following process.  There are 10 to 13 lots of Reserve Pinot Gris, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir grown on site, each with its own unique make up of clones and clone combinations. Each lot is harvested separately and then aged in either barrel or tank seperately.   The wine produced from these individual lots are then tasted blind and 2 or 3 lots are chosen that become the Reserve Wine.  The blend of those 2 or 3 lots is then tasted against back vintages of Blue Mountain wines to maintain consistency.  The wines are then aged for an additional year and a half in French Oak Barrels before they are released giving them greater complexity, structure and ageablility.

In early May, Blue Mountain released the 2011 vintage of the Reserve Pinot Gris, Reserve Chardonnay and a small amount of the Reserve Pinot Noir.

Here are the labels you may be familiar with alongside their new replacements.

Cream Label is now known as Estate Wines:

           

Stripe Label is now known as Reserve Wines:

   

Time Posted: May 26, 2014 at 10:00 AM
Julie Planiden
 
May 19, 2014 | Julie Planiden

International Chardonnay Day - May 22, 2014

May 22nd, 2014 is Chardonnay Day, an annual celebration where tasters and tweeters around the world discuss the virtues of our favourite grape varietal. The conversation takes place over 24 hours, all through the day, regardless of where in the world you’re located.  There are meetups and tweetups and Taste & Tweets – join in on Twitter at #chardday.  Better still drop in and see us – we’re toasting Chardonnay Day all day long.

Receive free shipping in BC on your online orders, placed between May 19th and May 25th, that include at least one bottle of the 2012 Blue Mountain Estate Chardonnay or 2011 Blue Mountain Reserve Chardonnay.

Use Promotional Code : CHARDDAY2014

 

Time Posted: May 19, 2014 at 10:00 AM
Julie Planiden
 
May 7, 2014 | Julie Planiden

Kelowna Restaurants

Here are a few of our picks for places to eat in Kelowna:

Raudz - get there early, they don't take reservations unless you have a party of 8 or more and the place is full by 5:30pm Or try their new offering Micro, just a couple doors down towards Bernard Ave.

Waterfront Grill - one of the most talented Chef's in our country. We are fortunate to have Mark Filitow in the sunny Okanagan.  The food is authentically local and unique to the valley.

 

Bouchons - An elegant French bistro in the heart of Kelowna, incredible flavours, extensive wine list.  Treat yourself to our bubbly by the glass.

La Bussola- Classic Italian for over 25 years.  Great wine list.

The Eldorado - one of the original hotels on the water, historic and probably one of the best patio's on the lake.  Join them for Sunday Brunch

Cabana - If you just want to head out with friends and enjoy a fun night out this place is always ready to party.  Great food, great wine, bring your great friends!

Smack Dab- The newly named restaurant at Manteo Resort is modern and cool.  There is something for everyone on the menu and the patio provides some of the best people watching anywhere.

Fixx Cafe -  Fresh, tasty, extensive menu with something for everyone.  Great for lunch or dinner in the mission area of Kelowna.

Mabui - Authentic Japanese , great for sharing plates and genuine hospitality.

Poppadoms- authentic Indian  with all the ingredients on the menu being sourced locally except for the spices. Cozy atmosphere, friendly staff.

Joey's - Casual dining with a global theme.  Enjoy our Gamay Noir.

 

Of course there are many other great restaurants throughout the Okanagan Valley.


If you have any other suggestions, or if there is somewhere that you've particularly enjoyed, please feel free to comment below!

 

Time Posted: May 7, 2014 at 10:00 AM
Julie Planiden
 
April 10, 2014 | Julie Planiden

Okanagan Falls Spring Visitors - Big Horn Sheep

     

Approximately 100 Bighorn Sheep spend the spring in the Vaseax Lake area and many are found on the slopes and the grassy areas along the drive to Blue Mountain winery.  They are a recovering herd that has bounced back after a pneumonia epidemic that reduced populations throughout the Okanagan in the late 90's.  Known for their large curling horns and the charging they do during mating season these majestic beauties are placid herbivores that live 6 - 15 years.

   

   

These are all images of our resident Big Horn sheep here at Blue Mountain.  Should you get any great pictures of the sheep on your way to visit us please submit them to bluemountain@bluemountainwinery.com and we will try and post them on our facebook page.  To help you identify what you are seeing, here is a sketch of the various horn shapes as the sheep age.

Classification diagram for Bighorn Sheep from Geist 1971 (Mountain Sheep: a study in behaviour and evolution)

For more information:  South Okanagan Bighorn Sheep Inventory 2013 

A big thank you to Aaron Reid, R. P. Bio Wildlife Biologist with the Ministry of Natural Resource Operations.

 

Time Posted: Apr 10, 2014 at 9:00 AM
Julie Planiden
 
March 25, 2014 | Julie Planiden

Cheese in British Columbia - Carmelis Goat Cheese Artisan

    

Carmelis is a family owned boutique dairy, which takes pride in the uncompromising approach taken to ensure the unique quality of its cheeses. The cheeses are produced on a small scale which enables them to closely monitor each and every cheese while placing an emphasis on their place’s design and its integration into nature, the landscape around them, and the quality of the environment.

Located near Okanagan Lake, some 12 km south of downtown Kelowna, close to the entrance to Okanagan Mountain Park. We desire to impart a sense of the breathtaking views of the Okanagan Valley.

Wine and Cheese Pairings:

Pinot Noir & Misty - The ash coating on this cheese is bold and earthy but still creamy.  Enjoy with some dried Okanagan cherries in the cooler months to bring back memories of summer.

Pinot Blanc & Chabichou - This mild, tangy cheese in its youth would be a brilliant accompaniment to Pinot Blanc on a summer's day on a deck overlooking the lake.  Include some nuts and a little apricot jelly and you have the recipe for a perfect afternoon.

Pinot Gris & Lior - Nibble away at this sharp and tart cheese with a sweetness throughout.  Grate onto salad and enjoy a long luxurious lunch. You deserve it!

Carmelis
170 Timberline Road
Kelowna, BC, Canada
Phone: 250-764-9033
Email: info@carmelisgoatcheese.com

Hours of operation:
March 1st till April 30th: 7 days a week from 11:00am to 5:00pm
May 1st till October 31st: 7 days a week from 10:00am to 6:00pm
November/December/January/February: Closed

 

 

Time Posted: Mar 25, 2014 at 11:00 AM
Julie Planiden
 
March 18, 2014 | Julie Planiden

Sandrine French Pastry & Chocolate, Kelowna

      

Since as far back as 1725 there have been recipes for making Macarons.  For anyone who has tried to create these light, crispy on the outside, soft on the inside desserts it isn't as easy as reading a recipe.  We are very fortunate in the Okanagan to have a master Macaron maker in local artisan pastry chef Sandrine Raffault.  Direct from France in 2004, this talented chef has been creating delicious Macaron every day and sharing them with avid consumers.

Join Sandrine this year to celebrate Macaron Day —or Jour du Macaron—on March 20th and support the KGH Foundation. The annual event was started by Parisian pastry chef Pierre Hermé in 1995. Over the years, Macaron Day has gained international recognition as a way to fundraise for local charities while enjoying delicious macarons.

Macarons are delicate light almond meringues with delectable fillings.  Personal favourites include Earl Grey and in season the Lavender and Raspberry flavours.

Any thoughts on the perfect wine pairing? Sparkling wine anyone? We've decided to pair these yummy treats with our NV Brut "Gold Label" sparkling.

Sandrine French Pastry & Chocolate, Kelowna
1865 Dilworth Drive
(Orchard Place)
Kelowna, B.C.
Phone: 250-860-1202
Email: sandrinepastry@telus.net

Hours:
Monday – Saturday from 8:30 am – 6:00 pm
Closed on Sundays and Holidays

Time Posted: Mar 18, 2014 at 8:00 AM
Julie Planiden
 
February 27, 2014 | Julie Planiden

Cheese in British Columbia - Farm House Cheese - Agassiz, BC

 

If you are ever driving through the Fraser Valley on the way to the coast or the Okanagan and are looking for a great gift to take to friends and family be sure to stop just off the highway at Farm House Cheese.  It is well worth the short trip into Agassiz to sample and buy these cheeses.  Personal Favorites include: La Pyramide, Alpine Gold and Lady Jane.  Owners George Boyes and Debra Amrein-Boyes love their special cows and goats and are proud to offer their world class cheese for your enjoyment.  Debra Amrein-Boyes, a renowned cheesemaker, is one of only twelve persons in western Canada and US who has been inducted into the prestigious French Cheese Guild, the “Guilde des Fromagers Confrerie de Saint-Uguzon”, which recognizes those who protect and continue the tradition of cheesemaking around the world

Debra has also written a book for home cheesemakers. “200 Easy Homemade Cheeses recipes-From Cheddar and Brie to Butter and Yogurt” was nominated in 2009 for a World Gourmand Cookbook Award and is available for purchase in the cheese shop, in many book stores, or online. The second edition came out in September 2013.

Alongside George and Debra, their adult children continue to work on the farm and in the cheesemaking business.

5634 McCallum Road, Agassiz, BC, V0M 1A3
Phone: (604) 796-8741 or 1-877-496-8741
Fax: (604) 796-8741

https://www.farmhousecheeses.com/

Wine and Cheese Pairings:

Sauvignon Blanc & La Pyramid - an exquisite, French style goat's milk cheese, ash ripened to a complex lingering flavour.  The crispness and minerality of the Sauvignon Blanc will celebrate the complexity of this unique cheese.

Sparkling & Lady Jane, similar to a French Chaource, this dense creamy cheese encased in a delicate mould has a meltingly smooth texture that calls for bubbles.

Pinot Noir & Alpine Gold - a washed curd and washed rind cheese with a golden orange rind lending a distinct flavour to the soft interior.  The earthiness of the Pinot Noir will lend itself well to this smelly straw coloured cheese.

Time Posted: Feb 27, 2014 at 9:44 AM
Julie Planiden
 
February 20, 2014 | Julie Planiden

Vancouver International Wine Festival 2014

 

Since 1978, the Vancouver International Wine Festival formerly known as the Playhouse Wine Festival has been creating opportunities for British Columbians to meet principles/winemakers and owners of some of the most renowned wineries in the world and 2014 is no exception.  Throughout it all the BC wine industry has grown up and is now a major player at the table pouring their wines for the world to taste.

This year the feature country is France and the wine focus is bubbly something we do very well in Canada.  Our winemaker Matt Mavety was featured in a group called vine stars.  Sharing the spotlight with Michel Chapoutier, Thomas Perrin and Clovis Tattinger along with Okanagan Falls Winery neighbour Jak Meyer.  The Vancouver International Wine Festival is one of the very best wine festivals in the world and runs February 24 - March 2, 2014.  Get your tickets if there are any left and enjoy!

Here is the write up Matt received as a vine star:

Matt Mavety, Winemaker,Blue Mountain As a member of a family-run winery in the Okanagan Valley, Matt Mavety grew up in the vineyards, beginning in earnest when he was 14. The Mavetys use only grapes grown on their picturesque estate to produce their wines, and the diversity of the land allows them to grow varietals including Pinot noir, Gamay noir, Pinot Gris, Pinot Blanc
and Chardonnay.


If you have tickets to either of these SOLD OUT events you'll get to meet Matt at:
All About Bubbly! wine seminar,
VCC, february 27, 5 p.m.
25 Under $25, wine mingler,
VCC, March 1, 5 p.m.

 

 

Time Posted: Feb 20, 2014 at 9:00 AM
Julie Planiden
 
February 11, 2014 | Julie Planiden

Where to Find Blue Mountain Vineyard and Cellar wines in Manitoba.

Banville & Jones Wine Co. was founded in 1999 by two sisters, Lia Banville and Tina Jones. Considering their Italian heritage, Lia and Tina were always interested in wine. Their dream of opening a private wine store in Manitoba became a reality when the Manitoba government continued the semi-privatization of the wine industry in 1998. Lia and Tina had a passion for wine and wanted to extend that passion to the consumers of Winnipeg.

Banville & Jones started their dream boutique in a 3800 square foot store on Meadowood Drive in Winnipeg. In November 2005 the store had outgrown its roots and moved to its own stand alone, 3 storey, state of the art facility on St. Mary's Road in St. Vital.

This Tuscan-inspired boutique has all of the best elements of a world class wine store. There are more than 3000 sku's of wine, gifts and gourmet items from every corner of the world. The retail floor boasts the most advanced wine retail shelving system with proper UV filtered lighting in every corner of the building. Our Specialties Cave is completely temperature and humidity controlled, perfectly designed for our rarest specialty wines.

Arriving in Friendly Manitoba in the last year are a selection of wines from Blue Mountain Vineyard and Cellars.  If you haven't had a chance to check out their website you should.  They write an informative blog and share some interesting insites.  The store also produces its own Magazine called The Cellar Door.  Check out who's on the cover of Issue 15. http://www.banvilleandjones.com/cellardoor.php

 

Time Posted: Feb 11, 2014 at 10:00 AM
Chantelle Bruwer
 
June 25, 2020 | Chantelle Bruwer

Blue Mountain Update: June 2020

Our winery’s tasting room will remain closed for the 2020 season in order to maintain employee health and safety. We are offering curated wine sample packs to enjoy the Blue Mountain “tasting room experience” in the comfort of your own home! The sample packs can be ordered online and either picked up curbside at the winery or shipped directly to you.  Continue »

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